Friday, January 18, 2013

Coming of age

Stroller ... check. Dino ... check. Monkey ... check. Juice, cereal bars and crackers ... check. Four outfits, diapers, wipes ... check.

Miles and I are heading to Cincinnati this weekend to visit my grandma, and I never cease to be amazed by just how much stuff I need to spend two nights away from home. And I even try to keep it minimal, relying on my family to stock up on things like milk and pack-n-plays. It almost makes me long for the days when all I needed was a car seat, sling and my boobs.

It's hard to believe that such a time even existed and yet it feels like just yesterday that I was pacing the walk to soothe him.

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Now ... now, I'm chasing a spunky 18-month-old down the driveway and into his car seat so we can go to daycare.

Here's a little bit more about the big man.


He weighs in at 24 pounds and is 31 inches tall, putting him in the 25th percentile - where he's been nearly his entire life.

What he lacks in size, he more than makes up for in vocabulary. He knows more than 100 words. And I mean knows. The most recent additions are hammer, boobies and chip. Obviously, those things go together. I am amazed by his ability to distinguish things such as bus, truck and car and boots and shoes. He also is beginning to string words together but not often.

He has become a bit pickier in terms of food, with some days better than others. Breakfast is usually his best meal, and he loves eggs, cereal bars and yogurt. Today, I managed to get him to eat a waffle. He does lunch well from what I understand but dinner is tough. I'm just happy when he sits down long enough for me to have three bites. His favorites are pasta, cheese and broccoli. Together.

There's also been quite a bit of potty humor in our house. Quite literally. Miles has been obsessed with flushing the toilet, and this week I managed to get him to use the potty (successfully) twice.

Other obsessions: the dynamic duo of dinosaur puppet and sock monkey, "Wheels on the Bus," yogurt, cookies (reward for the aforementioned activities), kicking balls, climbing, bath time, raisins, doing laundry and boots.

Non-obsessions or dislikes: Putting on a shirt, being changed, finger paints (serious aversion) and people whom he doesn't see on a regular basis.

With that last item far too true for my liking, here's hoping this weekend goes well. You know, like he lets people hold him or at least come within a 3-foot range. Or sleeps well. I'd settle for sleep.

1 comment:

  1. I hope you have a wonderful weekend in Cincy! Miles is so cute and looks like he is non stop. L is the same way...always on the go and hates diaper changes. They do have so much stuff! I packed an entire suitcase for L for Florida and I took just a small duffle. These kids really need loads of stuff :)